Audi Wichita

Stole and abused my information

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Published: 18 December 2019

Posted by: Anonymously

I’ve always had good experiences with repair shops in general, this one was no exception. I dropped my car for a week to have an oil change and some other small fixes, I picked it up and everything was fine. About a week after that, I started receiving lots of emails, they were addressed to me but came from pages and services I didn’t even know about. I had to unsubscribe from at least 30 companies spamming my inbox, even though I had never visited their sites or subscribed to them in the first place.It was unsettling, but I didn’t think something bad was going on; when these things happen, you don’t think that a car dealer sold your personal information for a penny.
So, fast-forward 2 weeks, I’m still receiving emails from companies I had never heard of before, and now I was also receiving mail on my house, magazines, and publicity from those companies. I decided something needed to be done, someone was messing up with me. My first reaction was to think that this was someone from my family, I went against all of them, but no one knew anything about it. I hired a private investigator, expert on the internet to help me out. He found my email and home address for sale in some shady site on the internet. Tracking the offer to its source, he found out that this information had come out from a personal form I had filed ages ago with this company when I got my first car from them. Apparently, they had a change in the administration and were allowed to start selling information obtained before this change.
As ridiculous as it sounds, it happened to me and some other friends who also bought a car there. I had been trying to sue them for 3 months now, but every time I get rejected because their contract states and I quote: ”you accept that we can disclose your personal information to certain third parties at our sole discretion” so, for agreeing to purchase a car with them, I agreed to have all of my personal information sold across the internet because of a greedy businessman. I am currently gathering signatures to make a law against this practice and make them pay for what they did.
If you would like to join us in this movement, I invite you to contact me to my email, so I can provide more information.
Thanks to this experience, I learned that you must read everything before you sign, and not only read but understand what you’re agreeing to. Everyone just accepts because we think that there’s nothing on that document that can hurt us, but I actually had to move out because my old address is practically public now, and anyone could go there looking for trouble.
If you made it this far, thank you, and I have an advice for you:
Watch out for words like ”as we consider necessary” or ”at our sole discretion” because they mean that these people will use your information as they please, and they don’t need to give you an explanation.

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